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Poster: wineland Date: Apr 4, 2008 10:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Box Back Nitties

I'm listening to a highly spirited Lovelight from 4.4.69. I was cracking up when Pig started howling at the 8:56 mark "...I ain't gonna tell you everything, just gonna tell you a tale, 'CAUSE SHE GOT BOX BACK NITTIES, breaking on my mind..." I've heard him sing it dozens of times before, but WTF are box back nitties? Whatever they are, with the emotion he puts into them, I must get me some of them nitties.

So far it has been a fantastic show. Just rolling into Dark Star and I have a feeling this is one of those SDH experiences where my chair may very well spontaneously combust.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-04-04.sbd.sacks.1314.sbefail.shnf

Set I
1. Good Morning Little School Girl
2. Doin' That Rag
3. Cryptical Envelopement->
4. Drums->
5. The Other One->
6. Cryptical Envelopement->
7. Death Don't Have No Mercy

Set II
1. Lovelight *
2. Dark Star->
3. Saint Stephen->
4. The Eleven->
5. Feedback

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Apr 4, 2008 12:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Box Back Nitties

sounds like boar hogs eye is the farmer version of bearded clam

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Poster: JamminJerome Date: Apr 4, 2008 8:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Box Back Nitties

thats pretty much what I thought

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Apr 4, 2008 10:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: You Bastard

Just when I thought I'd get through the day with limited damage to my office furniture, you have to point this gem out. Well, it is sounding mighty tasty there's no turning back now. Curse you!.

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Apr 4, 2008 4:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: You Bastard

must be those beans again

does ur boss buy all the air re fresheners too ?

This post was modified by fireeagle on 2008-04-04 23:21:23

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Poster: wineland Date: Apr 4, 2008 10:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: You Bastard

What's your boss think when he has to approve your expense reports every other week for a new chair? You might be a good candidate for a titanium office chair.

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Poster: august_wst Date: Apr 4, 2008 10:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Box Back Nitties

box back knitties are the long johns with the button up trap door in the back ... easy access.

and I believe it's...

She got box back knitties
Great big noble thighs
Workin' undercover
With a boar hog eye

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Poster: spring mountain high Date: Apr 4, 2008 5:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Box Back Nitties

i always heard it as

"box back nitties
great big enormous thighs
workin undercover
with a mojo risin

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Poster: wineland Date: Apr 4, 2008 11:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Box Back Nitties

My mind was defintely in the gutter, but I had no idea he was talking about easy access jammies. What I would give to sit down with a bottle of whiskey with Pig. I can only imagine the stories he would tell.

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Poster: craven714 Date: Apr 4, 2008 12:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Box Back Nitties

my mind must be in the gutter too
I guess I'll have to stop singing
"big black titties"

thanx for the info...

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Poster: He'llKeepOnDiggingForAThousandYears Date: Nov 4, 2013 5:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Box Back Nitties

This lyric has always puzzled me as well. Based on my research, Pig is saying:

"She's got box back nitties, great big noble thighs, working undercover with a Boar Hog's eye."

My interpretation is that "nitties" refers to her panties, and "box back" means they would be cut to leave room for her ample...er...caboose. The great big noble thighs is pretty self explanatory and my guess would be that a Boar Hog's eye is a euphemism for a vagina.

In other words, this woman's no scrawny ice queen. As with many Pig Pen raps, it's riddle with sexual innuendo. If you don't believe me, just reach over your left shoulder...and make sure to take your hand our of your front pocket.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 6, 2008 3:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Box Back Nitties

All I can say is that after returning from a brief hiatus, this was the funniest thread I read...good stuff...

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Poster: high flow Date: Apr 6, 2008 4:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Box Back Nitties

The whole "Box back nitties" thing is very Popeye........

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 6, 2008 5:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Box Back Nitties

"arnh, arhn, arnh, arhn" (damn, totally botched that bizarre little chuckle of his...)

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Apr 4, 2008 10:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Box Back Nitties

From the annotated...seek and ye shall find.

"He (Pigpen) loved Lord Buckley, and W.C. Fields was another of his faves. But I don't see that influence much in the music; more in him as a guy. I have no idea where he picked up most of that stuff (in the music). Some of it was bits and pieces of lyrics from old tunes that he'd pick up and then he'd extrapolate. But, like, I have no idea where he got that thing he used to sing (during "Lovelight"): 'She got box back nitties and great big noble thighs, working undercover with a boar hog's eye.' Don't ask me--I don't know what the fuck that's all about! It's some weird mojo shit or something. But he could always pull that stuff out. He could do that as long as I knew him. When he was on, he was amazing."

The following post explains a bit more:

"Box back nitties are those long flannel underwear with the flap in the back for, well, you know :) For an example, see Michael Landon in Little House On The Prairie."

The following post from Rand Hutcheson explains more about "boar hog's eye":

"A search for that phrase on Google doesn't turn up much, but it does turn up a review of a Kate Lissauer disk, and the review has some discussion of the phrase "boar hog's eye." The only helpful bit is a quotation from Lissauer herself, who notes that "I got a girl, she's got something like a boar hog's eye is a standard blues line. The remainder of the discussion, quoting sources going back to 1910 is, it seems to me, wrong, and the suggestion that "hog's eye" equals "hoagie" (a term they still use in Philadelphia for a sandwich on French bread) and is a metaphorical term for "penis" is badly wrong ("I got a girl, she got a penis"? What!?).

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Poster: wineland Date: Apr 4, 2008 11:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Box Back Nitties

I suppose some box back nittie pj's would be nice, but only if they come with footies too.

Lord Buckley is a masterful storyteller. Have you ever heard Jimmy Buffett do Buckley's God's Own Drunk? Check out the You Had to be There album.

Thanks for the annotated excerpt. Somewhat clearer now.